Darius Bell’s family lives on a sprawling estate that has been in his family for over a century. Once a generation, payment is due for the estate in the form of a magnificent gift presented to the town. But the Bells’ money has run out and such a gift is well out of reach. When an earthquake breaks apart the ground in Darius’s beloved woods, Darius discovers the beautiful Glitter Pool. Will the underground treasure help the family save its home? In Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool (Kane/Miller, $15.99), Odo Hirsch has created a novel whose sense of wonder makes it a perfect read-aloud to share with the whole family. Ages 9-12. DMC
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ISBN: 9781935279655
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Kane/Miller Book Publishers - September 1st, 2010

Meggy Swann’s uncaring mother sends her to filthy, chaotic London to live with her father, an inept alchemist. As hopeless at parenting as he is at alchemy, he sends her on numerous errands, oblivious or unconcerned that she walks with difficulty using sticks, making it hard to maneuver the crowded streets. Life takes a happier turn when Meggy and the apprentice Roger form a belligerent but strong friendship. Meggy is a feisty charmer whose gritty and amusing idioms will delight readers. Karen Cushman’s fans will welcome her return to a medieval setting for ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN (Clarion, $16). Ages 10-14. JKS
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ISBN: 9780547231846
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Clarion Books - April 26th, 2010

Dewey’s parents are away from the farm, and the five Marriss kids are running things. Dewey, 14, is watching over The Bike Barn, his dad’s side business. Everything is fine until the entire country runs out of gasoline. Their parents can’t drive home, and everyone in town is riding their bikes. There is tons of business at The Bike Barn, and life on the farm has turned into one big CRUNCH (HarperCollins, $16.99). Leslie Connor delivers a terrific, family-centered story with a decisively modern twist. Ages 9-14. JEH
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ISBN: 9780061692291
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 30th, 2010